Crash-Landing in the Himalayas

Paragliding vs. Eagle

Jan 31, 2012
Outside
Outside Magazine

As told to Katia Bachko

Money Comment: “Angry birds!”
Star:
Vladimir Tsarkov, 25, of Moscow
Last October, I went to Bir-Billing Valley in India for a month of paragliding. On my first flight, I was 850 feet above the northern Himalayas when two birds that looked like eagles popped up in front of me. Birds rarely hit paragliders, so I decided to stay my course. Big mistake. One got snagged in the lines of my glider, and the entire cupola collapsed. I fell at 23 feet per second for a minute and a half and landed in a shrub. Somehow I was totally fine, just cussing up a storm. I had to calm down before facing the bird, which was still caught in the chute. It flew off as soon as I untangled it. I sent the video from my helmet cam to a friend in Moscow, and she uploaded it to YouTube. All the Russian channels put it on their broadcasts. I was still in India and hadn’t talked to my parents yet; they freaked out when they watched the news.

Filed To: Adventure, Aerial Sports, Video, Snow Sports
From Outside Magazine, Mar 2012

More at Outside

Elsewhere on the Web

Comments

Not Now

News from the Field

Every day you give your best. Now get ours.

Thank you!